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ERIC Number: EJ774563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Changing and/or Reinscribing Gendered Discourses of Team Leadership in Education?
Court, Marian
Gender and Education, v19 n5 p607-626 Sep 2007
In this article, prevailing professional, business and managerial discourses of team leadership are "troubled" by some feminist critiques and analyses of collectivity and gendered discursive relations of power. I draw on a study of primary school co-principalships to describe and reflect on Karen's (a pseudonym) accounts of her personal and shared leadership practices within a three teacher co-principalship. The article indicates how feminist consciousness, politics and relationships can contribute to social, cultural and organizational change within "mainstream" institutions. It also explores how pre-constructed discourses about gender, class and leadership, can be unwittingly stitched back into an individual's collaborative practices, limiting the potential for democratic change. My aim is to contribute to the kind of work called for by Davies when she argued that if we are alerted to the work being done by the various discourses we are invoking, then we can more effectively reflect on how limiting and disempowering discursive constructions can be challenged and changed. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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